Toddlers to sixth-graders are invited to participate in the “Fizz, Boom, Read” summer reading program sponsored by the Belleville Public Library and Information Center, 221 Washington Ave. To be eligible for prizes, children are invited to visit the library during the summer to read books for fun and/or read books from their school’s reading list. Children must keep a log of all books read to show their parents and teachers in September.
A Block Watch meeting will be held at the Belleville Senior Center, Franklin Ave. and Mill St., June 19, at 7 p.m. New members are welcome. For more information, call 973-759-0738.
Belleville UNICO sponsors a bus ride fundraiser to Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, Sunday, June 22. The cost is $30 pre-paid or $35 at the door. Those attending will receive a voucher for $35. A continental breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. at the Belleville Senior Citizens Center, Franklin Ave. and Mill St. The bus will leave from the center at 8:50 a.m. Call 973-759-9259 ASAP to reserve seats. (No last minute cancellations.) Mail checks, payable to Belleville UNICO, to: Gene Antonio, 436 Joralemon St., Belleville, N.J. 07109.
Bloomfield historian Rich Rockwell will display and talk about historic photos of houses, dating from the 1880s to the 1920s, Thursday, June 19, at 7 p.m. at the Parish House at the Church on the Green, 147 Broad St. The program, with then-and-now comparisons, will focus on styles of architecture, building trends, remodeling trends and preservation efforts in Bloomfield’s Historic District and nearby neighborhoods.
Bloomfield Cultural Commission presents traditional Polish singing, dancing and food, plus arts and crafts for children, Sunday, June 29, 1 to 5 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 190 State St. Admission is free.
Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave. offers a children’s summer art camp, beginning June 30. All classes are held Monday to Friday at the air-conditioned Oakeside. The cost for the first session is $250; sessions 2 through 5 cost $275. All materials are included in the cost. Participants may register by calling the Oakeside office at 973-429-0960. Registration forms and class schedules and descriptions are available on the Oakeside website www.oakeside.org.
Oakeside is offering a bus trip to Caesar’s Casino, Atlantic City, on Wednesday, Aug. 6. The bus will leave Oakeside at 9 a.m. and will return at 5:30 p.m. The $30 cost includes round-trip bus transportation and $25 in slot play at the casino.
Reservations are required and must be paid within five days of booking to ensure a place.
There are no refunds on paid reservations. Call Oakeside at 973-429-0960 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Harrison Public School district will participate in a summer food service program, open to children age 18 and under, from July 7 to Aug. 7, Monday to Thursday only, at Washington Middle School, 1 N. 5th St., 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The Summer Food Service Program is a federal program of the Food and Nutrition Services, United States Department of Agriculture, providing children ages 18 and under with the same free meal in accordance with a menu provided by the state agency.
The Salvation Army of Greater Kearny, 443 Chestnut St., will hold a flea market/bazaar Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds go to Salvation Army World Services. Vendor tables are available for $20 each or two tables for $30.
Kearny Public Library, 318 Kearny Ave., offers a chess class for children, ages 8 to 15, beginning June 24. The class will run eight weeks on Tuesdays, 2 to 4 p.m., through Aug. 12. The class is limited to only 14 students. Call the library at 201-998-2666 to reserve your spot. Instructors from the Newark Chess Club will teach the classes. For more information, call the library or visit www.kearnylibrary.org.
Kearny High School 60th class reunion for the classes of June 1954 and January 1955 will be held Sept. 19, at noon, in Spring Lake Heights. Admission is $32. For more information or to make reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732- 458-5162.
Vendors are invited to participate in St. Cecilia’s Church flea market June 21 and 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, at the school building, 114 Chestnut St. Proceeds benefit the parish. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call 201-991-1116.
Teen Drama, presented in collaboration with West Hudson Arts and Theater Company will begin its summer camp, open to ages 13 to 18, on June 23, ending on Aug. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday at the West Hudson Arts and Theater Company, 131 Midland Ave. This summer’s show will be the Addams Family. Performance dates are set for Aug. 1 and 2. Tuition is $175. To join Teen Drama, request an application by calling 973-498-TEEN (8336), email info@teendrama. org or register at Teen Drama’s website teendrama.org.
Lyndhurst Health Department’s free meditation course originally planned for Wednesday, June 18, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 2. Led by certified oneness trainer Lyndhurst resident Parbatie Singh, this class will resume regular hours Wednesday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m., in the recreation room at 601 Riverside Ave. Enter the doors facing the Passaic River.
The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission will close the Saw Mill Creek Trail in DeKorte Park indefinitely, beginning Friday, June 20, while PSE&G replaces the power line towers on the trail. The trail is expected to remain closed for at least one year.
NJMC’s William D. McDowell Observatory, 3 DeKorte Park Plaza, is open to the public every Monday and Wednesday night year-long, weather permitting, excluding holidays. Summer hours are 9 to 10:30 p.m. in June and July, and 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. in August. The observatory features a research-grade telescope. The observatory also hosts “Let’s Talk Astronomy” learning sessions on most Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m. The sessions are $5; MEC members, free. Visitors must be able to climb 25 steps to reach the observatory.
A free Summer Solstice Celebration for seniors will be held at the NJMC Science Center, 3 DeKorte Park Plaza, Thursday, June 19, at 7 p.m. Celebrate the light with science by discussing why the Solstice is so long and enjoy sun tea, cookies and a surprise craft or two. Bring your grandchildren. Pre-registration required. Call 201-777-2431 to register.
NJMC hosts Saving the Delaware Bayshore June 23, at 6 p.m., at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Plaza, with a video screening and discussion on the efforts of a coalition of conservation groups and non-profit foundations to restore the ecologically important beaches of the Delaware Bay following Superstorm Sandy. Registration is recommended and appreciated. Call 201-777-2431 or 201-460- 8300 to register.
Lyndhurst Public Library, 355 Valley Brook Ave., hosts a Summer Mobile Craft, for grades 1 to 4, Wednesday, June 18, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
American Legion Post 139 sponsors veteran’s ward parties at extended care facilities, which include games of chance to allow veteran residents to win money to buy treats and personal items. Veterans in failing health in the nursing home section are also visited and given treats and personal items. The next ward party is set for Tuesday, June 23, at 2:30 p.m., at Chestnut Hill Extended Care Facility, Passaic, and is sponsored by Lyndhurst resident and Navy veteran Stanley Kaminski in memory of his wife Stella. To sponsor a ward party, call John Deveney, rehabilitation chairman, American Legion Post 139, at 201-438-2255.
The Senior Harmony Club has scheduled a trip to Resorts Casino, Atlantic City, for Wednesday, July 9, and a trip to Mt. Airy Casino in Pennsylvania for Wednesday, Aug. 20. Mt. Airy will give $25 in slot play and a free buffet. For reservations or information, call Florence at 201-991-3173.
North Arlington Senior Activity Center, 11 York Road, hosts a Fourth of July Bingo luncheon Friday, June 27. Bingo starts at 10:30 a.m. with lunch at noon and more Bingo games and prizes from 1:30 to 3 p.m. For more information or for reservations, call 201-998-5636.
North Arlington Public Library, 210 Ridge Rd., announces:
• Registration is open for the Summer Reading Kick-Off event. Youth Stages will present a special play shop for children ages 3 to 9. The event is set for Wednesday, June 25, at 4 p.m. To register, call 201-955-5640, ext. 126.
• Join local resident Anne Jenkins in a lecture about growing, canning, and preserving food at the library Tuesday, June 24, at 6 p.m.
• Conspiracy theories and mystery still surround the devastating assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Civil War expert Bill Gent will deliver a lecture about the national tragedy Wednesday, July 30, at 1 p.m.
Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, presents the following programs:
• Explore the founding of the Township of Nutley Monday, June 23, at 7 p.m. with Nutley Museum director John Simko. This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
• Eighteen important paintings, prints and reproductions of artworks from the late 19th and early 20th century from the Nutley Museum’s collection are on view through June 30.
• Science Tellers and Summer Reading Kick-Off Party: The Science Tellers will perform “Fizz,Boom, Read!” a 45-minute interactive storytelling show, featuring hands-on science experiments, Thursday June 26, at 11:30 p.m. Open to children in grades K to 5, this program is sponsored by Spencer Savings Bank. No registration is required.
Call the library at 973-667- 0405 for more information.
The Nutley Museum and Historical Society, 65 Church St., houses a collection of town artifacts and artworks by former Nutley artists. The museum is open for special events and by appointment. Admission is free. For information or to arrange a visit, call 973-667-1528.